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Israel Asks U.S. Governors to Act against Airbnb Delisting West Bank Homes

A picture shows the logo of online lodging service Airbnb displayed on a computer screen in the Airbnb offices in Paris on April 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

The Times of Israel reports: Israel’s minister in charge of combating boycott efforts against the Jewish state is urging US states to take steps against booking website Airbnb, after it decided to de-list accommodations in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Airbnb’s statement on November 19 announcing the new policy noted that 200 Israeli-owned listings in the West Bank would be removed, after the company had concluded, “They are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.”

In a letter to the governors of Illinois, New York, Florida, Missouri, and California, where Airbnb is based, Gilad Erdan called the announcement an adoption of “the anti-Semitic practices and narrative of the boycott movement.”

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